Charlestown Citizens Alliance - May 26, 2015

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At the May 4th Budget hearing more than half in attendance came to support the open space bond and the easement on the Charlestown Moraine Preserve.  Many of those same people also spoke in favor of the two open space questions and provided answers to others questions. None of this was reported by the Westerly Sun who chose to only quote those in opposition. The Town Council responded to substantive questions, but not to innuendo and invective from Jim Mageau and others.

Below is explanation of the May 4 hearing provided by Tom Gentz and George Tremblay and another letter with an example of the discourse that the Council and others would have to respond to if they dealt with every question and statement that is hurled at them by their political opponents.

As we head into the June 1 Budget Referendum, we hope the voters can focus on the choices before them and not get distracted by the political noise.

To learn more about the June 1 referendum visit our Vote 2015 Page

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Addressing Commentary on the Political Climate in Charlestown

A public hearing generally draws fewer than 1 percent of active voters, and these are the most invested political operatives in town affairs, jockeying for pole position in the next race. The question arises on just how to go about maintaining civility while offering open microphones to one and all.

Professional guidance advised that we allow free rein to the public, but avoid rancorous exchanges by not responding to criticism. Even though the room is a tinderbox of the most politically active people in town, in hindsight we agree we should have risked the turmoil for a more public engagement …

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Why Choose to Divide Our Town and Inspire Hatred?

The voters of Charlestown resoundingly rejected each and every one of the CDTC endorsed candidates in November’s election in part due to these dirty tactics of slander and libel, which the voters realized could one day be turned upon them should they ever disagree with the CDTC. One would have hoped the local Democratic Town Committee would have taken note that such revolting tactics remain unwelcome in Charlestown, yet they persist in trying to divide, rather than unite town residents …

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